To Horace Mann
Well, my dear child, all is safe! I have not so much as an acquaintance hurt. The more we hear, the greater it turns out. Lord Cholmondeley writes my Lord from London, that we gained the victory with only fifteen regiments, not eleven thousand men, and so not half in number to the Trench. I fancy their soldiery behaved ill, by the gallantry of their officers; for Kanby", the King's private surgeon, writes, that he alone has 150 officers of distinction desperately wounded under his care. Marquis Fenelon's7 son is among the prisoners, and says Marshal Noailles is dangerously wounded : so is Due d'Aremberg. Honeywood's8 regiment sustained the attack, and are almost all killed: his natural son9 has five wounds,, and cannot live. The horse were pursuing when the letters came away, so there is no certain account of the slaughter. Lord Albemarle had his horse shot under him. In short, the victory is complete. There is no describing what one hears of the spirits and bravery of our men. One of them dressed himself up in the belts of three officers, and swore he would wear them as long as he
o John Eanby (1708-1773), principal Sergeant-Surgeon to George II.
7 Gabriel Jacques de Salignac (1688-1746), Marquis de la Mothe-F6nelon, killed at the hattle of Rou-coux. His son was Era^ois Louis de Salignac (1722-1780), Chevalier, afterwards Marquis de la Mothe-Fe'nelon.
8 General Philip Honeywood, made K.B. August 12 of this year. At his death (June 17, 1752) he was the oldest General of Horse, Colonel of a Dragoon Regiment, and Governor of Portsmouth.
9 Major Philip Honeywood survived the hattle of Dettingen forty-two years. He was subsequently a General, Colonal of the 4th Regiment of Horse, and Governor of Kingston-upon-Hull. Colonel Charles Russell,
of the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards, writes as follows to his wife under date of July 17,1743, from the camp near Hanau :—' As for Major Honey-wood, out of nine wounds five are healed, and there is but one of the four remaining that there is any danger from, and that is so near the brain that till there is a perfect cure • there is no answering that his life is safe, but very great hopes. He remembers that he was not only stripped, but that an Austrian soldier came up to him and stabbed him twice with a bayonet, and was going to fire upon him, but that he had strength enough to call out he was an Anglois, which saved his life.' (See Hist. MSS. Comm. Report on the Chequers Court MSS.)